John Blakemore, one of Britain’s greatest photographers, will be celebrating the publication of Photographs 1955-2010, his first ever major career retrospective, at a talk and signing (organized by Beyond Words photographic books) at McDonald Road Library at 6.15 p.m. on Monday 24 October.
Recognised as a master photographer, a craftsman printer and an inspirational teacher, Blakemore discovered photography in the 1950s during National Service. He was initially influenced by the style of the photographers of Picture Post but at an early stage began to explore a more personal approach to photography, developing his unique and elegant photographic style in areas as diverse as still life, documentary and portraiture. He is particularly renowned for his richly detailed and nuanced still lifes and landscapes. He has made an important contribution to the craft through the many workshops he has run.
As a teacher he has influenced generations of photographers over a thirty year period of teaching at the University of Derby, where he is Emeritus Professor of Photography. Students and fellow photographers often acknowledge that Blakemore has ‘enriched their lives beyond compare’.
For further information, or to reserve a place, contact Beyond Words (email@example.com) or 01620 895985. We are asking for donations at the door to cover costs (suggested £3 or £2 for students/unwaged, reimbursed if book purchased.